Newcastle ‘superstar’ now has a genuine chance of replacing Bruno Guimaraes vs Bournemouth
Newcastle United have a big problem this weekend, as they are going to be without Bruno Guimaraes against Bournemouth.
The 25-year-old is suspended for the Magpies’ trip to the south coast, having picked up his fifth booking of the season against Arsenal. In truth, he was lucky not to be sent off against the Gunners.
For the first time this season, Newcastle are going to be without their midfield talisman. Bruno is the one who makes the Magpies tick, but he will not be pulling the strings at the Vitality Stadium.
Instead, Eddie Howe will have to make a change to his midfield. However, his options are limited, which could lead to 17-year-old Lewis Miley receiving his first ever Premier League start.
Lewis Miley should replace Bruno Guimaraes against Bournemouth
Miley is back after a spell out with illness, and became Newcastle’s youngest ever player in the Champions League when he came on for the final 10 minutes of the defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
He played in the number six role, which could be a hint that he is going to start on Saturday evening.
That is where Bruno usually plays, and the Magpies do not have a direct replacement. Sean Longstaff has done it in the past, but is much more comfortable on the right of the midfield trio.
On top of that, Howe does not have many alternatives. As well as Bruno being suspended, Elliot Anderson and Sandro Tonali are also unavailable. Newcastle are also struggling for options in attack, which could result in Joelinton having to play in a more advanced role.
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That would mean Miley coming into the midfield and starting alongside Longstaff and Joe Willock.
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He is Newcastle’s best option on Saturday
The only alternative is Matt Ritchie coming into the side. The 34-year-old was not eligible to play in the Champions League, but is available to face his former club. He could start in attack like he did against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, which would stop Joelinton from having to play on the wing.
But the best option would be to start Miley. He proved himself in pre-season against strong opposition, and is more than capable of holding his own against a Bournemouth side who have endured a tough start to the campaign.
Miley is the ace of Newcastle’s academy right now, and has been described as a ‘little superstar’ by Sean Longstaff. The sky is the limit for the teenager, who is destined to become a Premier League regular for the Magpies in the future.
By the time his career is over, he will have started countless Premier League games, but I think his first should come on Saturday against Bournemouth.